Music Review: Clear Channel – Hell (Self-released, April 2020)

My life and house are a mess right now, but I am committed to writing about as much music before Juneteenth Bandcamp Revenue Share Day as possible, so here it rips... Clear Channel actually welcome you to their first record themselves. This is what they say: https://youtu.be/ydcV6tosVo4 So, yes, then. Hello Disko! As I mentioned… Continue reading Music Review: Clear Channel – Hell (Self-released, April 2020)

Music Review: Four Tet – Sixteen Oceans (Text, March 2020)

Catboi Kropotkin showcasing how well this machine-crafted record fuses with the organic world. Growing up in the era of Hot Topic, in which all countercultures had been commodified and also divided against one another, it took my punk ass a while to get into electronic music. Being a "raver" was definitely not cool, and there… Continue reading Music Review: Four Tet – Sixteen Oceans (Text, March 2020)

Book Review: Every Song Ever: Twenty Ways to Listen in an Age of Musical Plenty by Ben Ratliff

The plus side is that I did not buy this book. The downside is I have to hold onto it and inevitably see it until quarantine is over since the Chicago Public Library is closed until May 31st currently. Add this one to the fat stack of music books getting all of the attention they… Continue reading Book Review: Every Song Ever: Twenty Ways to Listen in an Age of Musical Plenty by Ben Ratliff

Book Review: Keep Your Eyes Open: The Fugazi Photographs of Glen E. Friedman (2nd Ed.)

Catboi Kropotkin kept his eyes open just long enough for this photo and then promptly went to sleep. He respects Fugazi very much and apologizes for his nap-based lifestyle. Note: My book review rubric is a fifteen point scale with five points available in three categories: quality of writing, quality of content/information, and general aesthetics.… Continue reading Book Review: Keep Your Eyes Open: The Fugazi Photographs of Glen E. Friedman (2nd Ed.)

Book Review: Face It by Debbie Harry

Had high expectations for this memoir, but after reading it, suspect it will be used most frequently to decorate rooms. Note: As an educator, nothing bothers me more than a rating system or rubric that is not clearly explained. Fair and well-crafted assessments are important. Justify your grades, fam. I use a scale of fifteen… Continue reading Book Review: Face It by Debbie Harry

Book Review: Murmur by J. Niimi

The book and the enormous list of vocabulary words I amassed reading it. Note: As an educator, nothing bothers me more than a rating system or rubric that is not clearly explained. Fair and well-crafted assessments are important. Justify your grades, fam. I use a scale of fifteen points, which are evenly divided between the… Continue reading Book Review: Murmur by J. Niimi